Millers ready to be coupon-busters
ROTHERHAM manager Neil Warnock believes his side can be a coupon-buster in weeks to come after kick-starting their Championship survival bid with a vital win over Brentford.
The Millers gave Warnock a first victory at the helm after he answered an SOS call to take the reins a fortnight ago, as goals either side of the break from Matt Derbyshire and Danny Ward ended a seven-game winless run.
They are now three points from safety and have a daunting run of fixtures coming up, with Sheffield Wednesday, Middlesbrough, Derby County and Ipswich Town to play in their next four games.
However, Warnock is confident of pulling off a few upsets and clambering their way to safety.
“It’s nice to get the win,” he said. “I said to the lads ‘how does it feel? That’s what you have to go through’.
“I really enjoyed it. They gave me absolutely everything. That’s the Championship – you have to do that as a minimum.
“We have got some tough games coming up but they will be tough for them.
“It helps to get three points, just to get us back in the mix. They couldn’t have given any more, we might be a bit limited, but we’re not lacking in the heart stakes.
“I love the Championship because it is the way it is. I am usually going for promotion and you always come unstuck against teams at the bottom. I think we can be a coupon-buster in the next few weeks.”
Derbyshire scored in the 29th minute from Lee Frecklington’s cutback while Ward slammed home a loose ball from a corner with 19 minutes left and it ensured the Millers were not victims of a gross injustice.
Hapless referee Mark Brown awarded Brentford a penalty in the 42nd minute when Frecklington had clearly won the ball in a challenge on Sergi Canos.
Alan Judge saw his spot-kick saved by Lee Camp but made no mistake at the second attempt.
“It’s not a penalty,” Warnock said. “He has just got himself in a muddle. I think he knew by the reaction.
“The lad got the ball, you could see where it has gone. I thought his officials might have helped him – we could see where we were.
“I thought they might have seen it and given him the chance to change his mind.
“It was so obvious, it’s a major decision and it’s really cruel.”
Brentford boss Dean Smith, who has seen his side lose four of their last five games as their season peters out, admits that the penalty decision gave Rotherham a cause after the break.
“What went wrong was we got involved in a tear-up and that is not our game,” reflected the frustrated Bees boss.
“Our game is about playing foot- ball, passing and moving it.We did it at times in the first half without really creating too many opportunities. In the second half, we have given opportunity for the official to give too many free-kicks.
“I thought we had a very harsh penalty given in our favour. I thought their lad has touched the ball, at the time I thought it was a penalty but I have seen it back.
“It got their tails up, then we got involved in a bit of a scrap and then it became a bit of a 50/50.We probably deserved to lose in the end.
“Both goals were very poor goals, but then we had a great chance to equalise afterwards.”
MATT FINISH: Rotherham United’s Matt Derbyshire scores the opening goal